Verdant Lines

May 20, 2020

Verdant lines below a stormy sky along a quiet Tokyo neighbourhood…

iPhone 11 Pro + 52mm back camera

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We Were Chasing Blue

April 30, 2020

Chasing blue skies with the Olympus OMD-EM1X and M.12-100 f/4.0 Pro…

Olympus OMD-EM1X + M.12-100mm f/4.0 // 38°3'39.780"N 122°41'51.470"W

Olympus OMD-EM1X + M.12-100mm f/4.0 // 35°1'51.440"N 139°50'27.730"E

Olympus OMD-EM1X + Leica DG 100-400 f/4.0-6.3 // 35°1'51.450"N 139°50'27.980"E

Olympus OMD-EM1X + M.12-100mm f/4.0

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We Thought We Were One In The Same

April 17, 2020

Remembering those blue azure Parisian summer skies…

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II

We were young, poor college students at the time, but we still ate some of our best meals and shared some of our happiest memories in our tiny kitchen looking out over this courtyard and those blue, blue skies over the city beyond…

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II

We long for the day when we (and the world) will be able to travel again…

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Bring Me A Higher Love

April 14, 2020

Flying over Mount Fuji enroute to Fukuoka for a last-minute mileage-run late last year…

Sony DSC-RX100M7 + 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5

To tell the truth, we have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the Sony RX100 series.

While we do love the super zoom range, tiny pocketable size, pop-up viewfinder and ability to shoot RAWs, we find that the image quality (especially the dynamic range) it can capture is highly variable, particularly for many kinds of landscape work. For some reason, many of the skies we capture with it turn out to be extremely flat and “meh” - and believe us, we’ve tried in a variety of situations and timing.

Sony DSC-RX100M7 + 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5

In general we’re still big fans of Sony’s 1-inch sensors1) but it’s frustrating to be so-close and yet (at times) so-far when it comes to the perfect tiny compact professional camera (and the dream of all long-distance hiking photographers2 such as ourselves who long to give up the weight of a larger solution whist retaining the image quality).

See more flyover mountain views here (ironically, shot with an iPhone3)…

  1. Besides the RX100m7 we also own the RX10m4 and RX04 

  2. The other challenge the RX100 series faces is that it’s a pure play camera, as opposed to something like an iPhone, which despite the much smaller sensor benefits tremendously from the built-in software to often yield far-superior results straight out of camera, especially when it comes to scenes with high dynamic range such as the aforementioned-skies. 

  3. And with arguably better results (although we post-processed both stylistically in a way that reduces some of the differences in the actual source files) 

  4. We fully admit the RX0 was a mistake… 

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Ojizou-san

April 10, 2020

Sony A7rIV + FE 85mm f/1.4 GM

While it may be a symptom of losing our minds after weeks of being trapped in the house, recently we’ve been obsessed with collecting these cute おじぞうさん figures by a Japanese company called Yell World.

(To be fair, all the products they make are adorable…)

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Making Sense Out Of Nothing At All

April 04, 2020

Throwback to seven years ago walking around Tokyo with the EOS 5Dm2 + TS-E 17mm f/4 L…

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + TS-E17mm f/4L

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + TS-E17mm f/4L

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + TS-E17mm f/4L

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + TS-E17mm f/4L

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + TS-E17mm f/4L

Canon EOS 5D Mark II + TS-E17mm f/4L

See more studies of Tokyo in B&W

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We Don't Know About Tomorrow

March 26, 2020

The first (and possibly last) glimpse of spring sakura in Kyoto…

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

Sony a6600 + E 16-55mm f/2.8 G

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The Pride In Our Promises

March 18, 2020

A sea-swept tori gate off the coast of Manazuru Cape…

Sony A7Rm4 + FE 24-105mm f/4.0 G

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